Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar have been disqualified from the Rajya Sabha.
In a big setback for rebel Janata Dal (United) Members of Parliament (MPs) Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar, it was revealed that both were disqualified from the Rajya Sabha. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is the party supremo and both the veterans had come into conflict after the former cut ties with the RJD and joined the BJP to form the government in Bihar.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Rajya Sabha Chairman disqualified both as members of the upper house of Parliament. JD(U) leader R.C.P. Singh said that, “Today (Monday) the Chairman Rajya Sabha M. Venkaiah Naidu decided and declared the decision against the petition filed by me against Ali Anwar Ansari and Sharad Yadavji under the 10th schedule of the Constitution of India that the Respondent, Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari have incurred disqualification for being a Member of the House in terms of paragraph 2 (1)(a) of the 10th Schedule to the Constitution of India. Both of them have thus ceased to be a Member of the Rajya Sabha with immediate effect. I decide and declare accordingly.” He added, “This was the order and decision and I am enclosing a copy of the order for your reference. Congratulations to all party workers for being united with our leader and National President Nitish (Kumar) jI. Thank you!”.
Earlier on Friday, Sharad Yadav charged party president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with insulting the public mandate by quitting the Grand Alliance and stitching an alliance with the BJP to form a new government in the state. Yadav said that had the Grand Alliance – comprising JD(U), RJD and Congress – not been formed, Nitish would not have been able to retain power. He added that despite this, Nitish did not bat an eyelid before insulting the public mandate. Yadav vehemently opposed to Nitish Kumar’s reuniting with the BJP, which had been the party’s ally for close to two decades until the Bihar CM snapped the ties in 2013 following differences over making Narendra Modi the Prime Ministerial candidate.
CM Nitish Kumar had quit alliance with RJD over corruption cases against his then deputy Tejashwi Yadav. He formed a new government a day later after the BJP, which the Grand Alliance had fought against in the 2015 polls, came up with offer of support.